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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

In February it was announced that The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Public Health and OSU Extension of Scioto County had teamed up to conduct a smoking research study in Scioto County called the OSU Quit Smoking Project.

The project is now in its second round of recruiting participants.

According to released in information about the project, Scioto County is one of six counties in Ohio Appalachia selected to participate in this project over the next several years, in part because of high rates of smoking.

The study found that more than 36 percent of the adults in Scioto County smoke. This means more than 21,000 of the almost 80,000 people in Scioto County are lighting up on a regular basis. Of the county’s smokers, 70 percent are between the ages of 25 and 54 years old. About 15 percent of the total are 18-24 years old and approximately 18 percent are 55 years and older. Most of the smokers are male by a margin of 66 percent.

According to promotional material about the study, participants receive seven one-on-one smoking cessation counseling sessions from a trained lay health advisor, as well as eight weeks of nicotine patches at no cost, as long as they remain in the program. The participants meet with Joyce Adkins, the Lay Health Advisor for the project, and discuss goals and how they are doing through the process of kicking the smoking habit.

This study has been in several different counties throughout Appalachia Ohio, over the last several years,” said Monadine B. Mattey, OSU Extension Educator Family and Consumer Sciences Pike and Scioto County.

She said the purpose of the study is to find out how effective one-on-one support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio.

“All of the data collected in Scioto County will be compiled with data collected from other counties and released in 2015,” Mattey said. “They are going to combine all of this information, that’s been collected over a number of years to see if these strategies work better than people just trying to do this on their own or other types of stop smoking types of programs.”

The study, has enrolled 32 out of the 59 participants needed for the project.

To be eligible, you must be 18, be a daily smoker, live in Scioto County, not be pregnant, have no recent major heart issues and be willing to quit smoking in the next 30 days. Both men and women are needed for the study.

For more information about the OSU Quite Smoking Project or to sign up as a participant call 740-935-2614.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.

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